Category Archives: Campus Life

Classics Marathon Reading, This Weekend!

unnamedAs we’re all pretty damn nerdy at Midd, it’s fairly likely all our parents have the geek gene too. So, if you’ve got family on campus, or are just looking for a fun academic alternative to homework, be sure to stop by and/or sign up for the Annual Classics Marathon Reading taking place today through Sunday at the Davis Family Library! Students, professors, and community members will be continuously reading Virgil’s Aeneid, and we can guarantee it’ll be “epic.”

Erika Sloan ’16 writes in to describe the event:

Every year during Fall Family Weekend the Classics Department holds a
marathon reading of one of the ancient epics. This year it’s the
Aeneid, Vergil’s tale of the Trojan hero Aeneas’ flight from Troy and
subsequent travels and battles over land and sea to ultimately reach
Italy and lay the groundwork for the founding of Rome.

The reading will be held outside the Davis Family Library this weekend
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sign-up at go/epic for a 30-minute
time slot to read from the Aeneid (in English!) and arrive when it’s
your turn, or just come by to listen this weekend!

It’s a lot of fun and a great liberal arts/Classics tradition – There
will be a laurel wreath and baklava for readers as well!

Contact with any questions. We hope to see you
all there!

Date: Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26
Time: 3-6 pm
Place: Outside the Davis Family Library

Don’t forget to sign up for a 30-minute reading time slot at go/epic!


Snow Bowl Family Bash 12-4

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel '15

photo cred: Stephanie Meckel ’15

Alex Chapin and Steph Meckel ’15 write in:

Don’t miss out on what has recently become the greatest event of Fall Family Weekend!! The foliage will blow you away!

It’s the fourth annual Snow Bowl Family Bash! Come join us at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl for an afternoon of live music, food and friends! Enjoy hot chocolate at the top of Worth Mountain after taking a scenic ride up the triple to view Vermont’s spectacular foliage. Ticket prices for the lift ride are $3 for students and children, $5 for adults. There will be a barbecue in full swing all afternoon with food and drinks available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Middlebury Community Care Coalition and the Snow Bowl Ski Patrol.

Enter the raffle for a chance to win Snow Bowl gear and ski tickets. If you haven’t already gotten your season’s pass for the 2013-2014 season, they will be on sale for the duration of the event.

People have missed out on the beauteous event in the past, so make your time last. Invite your friends, parents, cousins, step children, grand children, second cousins, dogs, cats, parakeets, distant relatives, close acquaintances, gentlemen, gentlewomen, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends with benefits, etc.

All are welcome to drive up on their own (just 20 minutes from campus), but Addison Country Transit (ACTR) shuttle bases will also be available between Adirondack Circle and  the Snow Bowl (to the Bowl: 12:55 pm, 2:10 pm; back to the College: 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:00 pm). Rides are free for Middlebury students, $1 for non-students. The bus will stop at the Bread Loaf Inn for those wishing to depart or return from the Bread Loaf campus.

When: Today, 12-4 PM
Where: Snow Bowl
Cost: $3 for a ride up the lift

Saturday’s Fall Family Weekend Events.

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Round two. Get outside and bask in the first sunshine we’ve seen in what feels like weeks.


Support our boys and girls in blue (and white)!

Field Hockey v. Wesleyan
Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: Peter Kohn Field

Women’s Soccer v. Wesleyan
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: Dragone Track Field

Men’s Soccer v. Wesleyan
Date: Saturday, October 25th
Time: 11 am
Place: South Street Fields

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Liebowitz to Host Discussion on Campus Social Life


This semester has proven a tumultuous one with regards to student reactions to administrative policies regulating, some would say killing, student social life.  Aware of this widespread sentiment, President Ron Liebowitz will host a discussion regarding the relationship between the administration’s commitment to student safety and the student body’s desire for a vibrant social life in hopes of finding common ground. The meeting will be in the McCullough Social Space at 8:00 PM on Sunday, November 2. Read below for President Liebowitz’ invitation to the event. middbeat will liveblog the discussion next Sunday.

From President Liebowitz:

Dear Students,

I am keenly aware of the frustration surrounding student social life on campus, and how the behavior of a few has unfortunately, but predictably, shaped our policies that limit social options for the responsible majority.

I would like to hold an open meeting to air as many issues and concerns any and all of you have related to social life and related College policies and practices.  I would like to better understand how we might find some common ground and work to improve what is not a satisfactory situation.

I would also like to share what might be called “the other side” of the issue—the constraints within which we work in approving, or not, activities on campus, as well as provide some history of the efforts made in the past that brought some short-term success.

I believe if we better understood the issues that are getting in the way of social life on campus, as well as the challenges we as administrators face in maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff (and neighbors), we could make great progress to improve social life here at Middlebury.

I invite you to a discussion on Sunday, November 2, at 8:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space).  I hope to see many of you there.



When: Sunday, November 2 8:00 PM
Where: McCullough Social Space
Cost: N/A

Paul Ward ’25 Prize for Excellence in First Year Writing Tonight


Senior Lecturer and Director of the Writing Center Mary Ellen Bertolini writes in:

Friday, October 24 in Twilight Auditorium between 4:15 and 6:00 marks the 37th annual presentation of the Paul Ward Prize for excellence in writing by first-year students. The Writing Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research will honor the 65 members of the class of 2018 who were nominated for this prize. The winner receives a check for $500; the two Runner Ups receive $250 each, and we will also honor students who will receive Honorable Mention. Students nominated for the Ward prize are invited by the Writing Center in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research to train as peer writing tutors and writing and academic mentors.

middbeat will be covering the event and feature the winners.  Stay tuned for more on the results of the prize ceremony.

When: Tonight at 4:15 and 6 PM
Where: Twilight Auditorium
Cost: Free

Family Weekend Keynote Speaker: Mary Robinson

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MCAB’s speaker series has really done us a solid this year, bringing former Irish President, human rights and environmental advocate, and UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson to Mead Chapel this Saturday at 7 PM.  middbeat recently caught up with event organizers Nick Orr and Zoe Kaslow ’15 to get the low down on Robinson and how the Speakers Committee organized the event.  Read on after the jump for the detes.

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Friday’s Fall Family Weekend Events

Though its two weeks later and ten degrees colder than last year’s, Fall Family Weekend is finally here.  While some of us have been strategizing how to score as many “free” dinners as possible, something other than your company may be necessary to keep your parents entertained.  We’ve has got you covered, with a quick curated guide to Fall Family Weekend’s events. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.47.33 AM


Organic Farm Open House
Though trekking out to the Organic Garden sounds painful with the current wind levels, it’ll worth the walk to enjoy Friday’s Open House. Details below:

The Middlebury College Organic Farm is a three-acre plot of fruits,
vegetables, and perennials stewarded by Middlebury students. The
farm serves as an inclusive space that supports students’ holistic
development while promoting discourse about pressing world food
issues. At the farm, students learn small-scale organic-farming
practices they’ll be able to use throughout their lives. While planting
rows of lettuce for Atwater Dining Hall or contemplating course work
in our outdoor classroom, students not only come to understand the
problems associated with industrial agriculture, but they also explore
and help develop local, organic solutions.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Organic Farm (the farm is located in the field a half mile behind BiHall)

Careers in the Common Good Panel: Sushi and Social Change


Go enjoy some sushi with some networking on the side.

This panel is a unique opportunity during Fall Family Weekend for
students to network with parents who have worked to advance the
common good—planned or through happenstance—whether through
careers in the public, nonprofit, business, and environmental sectors,
or through serving on boards or volunteering. Students get to interact
and network with professionals (parents!), which will promote deeper
understandings of different sectors while allowing students to craft
careers with a positive social impact.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Adirondack House, Coltrane Lounge

Cook Commons Fall Family Festival

Celebrate the best part of fall in the northeast: cider doughnuts.

Live music, free cider donuts, fresh pressed hot apple cider, candy
apples, pumpkin carving, and a petting zoo featuring Vermont farm
animals. All are welcome!

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 4-6pm
Place: Lawn behind Forest (in case of rain: Lower Forest Lounge)

My Pen, My Voice, My Vote: The Life and Work of Frederick Douglas

If being back on a college campus makes your parents nostalgic for the lecture halls of their past…

The Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture has brought many of the
leading interpreters of American history to Middlebury. This year’s
lecturer, David Blight of Yale University, continues that tradition.
Professor Blight is the author of many important books, including the
prize-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.
His lecture will draw on his research for his latest project, a biography
of Frederick Douglass, the famed 19th-century abolitionist and civil
rights activist.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8-9 pm
Place: Mead Chapel



You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’s better than Cats.

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon the Moth Radio
Hour, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without
notes. This second-annual, community-wide event is produced
by the creators of the Middlebury MothUp in partnership with
the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A reception with the storytellers
follows. Sponsored by the Committee on the Arts.Tickets at go/boxoffice.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8-10pm
Place: CFA, Concert Hall, Second Floor

Midnight Roller Skating! 


Tell your mom to pack her best bell-bottoms and end your night at the McCullough Roller Rink. Skates are provided, with most sizes available.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 10pm-1am
Place: McCullough, Wilson Hall, Second Floor

Reflections on Nearly Three Decades Working at the EPA

Carl R. Howard: The first US environmental statutes (the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, were enacted in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Hazardous waste and toxic substances statutes followed in the mid-70s and 1980s. I studied the first environmental cases in law school in the early to mid-1980s and joined EPA shortly thereafter. What changes have occurred in this field over the past 30 years? What other issues have jumped to the fore? At one point cancer was a major concern for the environmental, and other, communities. It still is, but now we have a greater concern as well…
Bio: Mr. Howard is a New York City boy, born and bred. He escaped to beautiful Middlebury College where he graduated in 1981 (after founding the Middlebury Pranksters Ultimate Frisbee Team in 1976). Mr. Howard pursued a career in environmental law at Hofstra Law School on Long Island, graduating in 1986 when he joined the US EPA, Region 2 office back in New York City. For nearly 30 years he has prosecuted polluters and enforced hazardous waste laws and over-seen clean-up of contaminated sites. He is also a past Chair of the New York State Environmental Law Section and current Co-chair of the Global Climate Change Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Come to his talk today to learn more!
When: 12:30-1:20
WhereHillcreast: The Orchard (103)

Amnesty International: Silent March against Police Brutality on Campus

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Today Wednesday 22nd October in commemoration of the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a silent march will be held on campus for the purpose of both bringing awareness, and standing in solidarity with those directly and indirectly afflicted by the consequences of police brutality.

The march will begin at 5.30 pm outside Ross dining hall and will follow down College Street, crossing over to Warner, passing through Davis Family library and up to Mead Chapel, with occasional stops where organizers will read biographies or pieces about subjects of police brutraity. The march is scheduled to end in front of Mead Chapel at around 6.30 pm. Marchers will be wearing all black (extra black shirts will be provided for those who don’t possess one).

If you would like to make your own posters/signs, the Crest Room at McCullough will be open from 2-5 PM and there will supplies provided (markers, pencils, paper, etc.). You are welcome to show up anytime. A group of students will convene at Crest Room at 4:30 PM to discuss logistics for the day and make posters. Led candles will also be available.

Please join in and support a cause that has become very prominent these past few years with police shootings and the increasing militarization putting into question the role and context of our policing forces. for more information click here

The march is hosted by DMC, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

When: Today Wednesday 22nd October 5.30 pm
Where: starts outside Ross dining Hall

We hope to see you all there! Take a stance, and make change, Middlebury.



Meet the Press Presents: Jay Allison, Executive Producer of The Moth (This is a Big Deal)

jay_allisonPublic radio junkies, unite! If you listen to the Moth podcast while working out, can hum the “All Things Considered” theme song from memory, or consider Ira Glass to be your hero, you’ll definitely want to check out Thursdy’s Meet the Press talk by Jay Allison, executive producer of The Moth Radio Hour and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). A six-time Peabody Award winner and storyteller extraordinaire, Allison also founded the very cool website and was the mastermind behind, and the voice of, This I Believe. If you haven’t heard of Jay Allison, trust us, you probably should look him up and definitely be at this talk. To say it bluntly: Allison is a really fuckin big deal. 

Basically, Allison is universally understood to be the best and most innovative radio producer working today, and maybe ever. If you’ve been to Middlebury’s “The Moth,” you might not have realized that it’s not just a “Midd” thing, rather it’s a spin off of an incredibly successful program run by NPR, and started by Allison. Along with Moth, PRX, and This I Believe, Jay also runs a public radio station in Woods Hole, MA where a number of recent Middlebury media stars cut their teeth, including Sarah Harris, now a public radio reporter, Bianca Giaever, now at This American Life, and Andrew Forsthoefel, whose This American Life piece about walking across the country will soon be published as book.

At the Meet The Press talk (an awesome series that brings media and journalist professionals to campus), Jay is going to play some of his favorite pieces, include some from Midd grads, and will answer questions about radio, podcasting, journalism and life. If you’re remotely interested in any of these professions, it’d be a complete shame to miss this event.

Jay will also be telling a story at this Friday’s first Cocoon event, a more formal spin-off of The Moth, tickets are available at go/boxoffice.

What: Meet the Press Talk with Jay Allison
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 4:30 – 6pm
Place: McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220
Cost: Free